Monthly Archives: November 2008

Firm Uses Non-Lethal Methods to Thwart Somali Pirates

 By Joe DeCapua, VOA Despite the international naval presence off the coast of Somalia, full protection against pirates cannot be given to all the tankers and cargo ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden. However, there’s an alternative being offered … Continue reading

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Fact Sheet: New Cargo Security Requirements for Maritime Carriers and Importers

 http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/pr_1227548591399.shtm Overview The Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements interim final rule will help prevent terrorist weapons from being transported to the United States by requiring both importers and carriers to submit additional cargo information to U.S. Customs and … Continue reading

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Somalia (Country threat level – 5)

Somali pirates operating off the Horn of Africa reportedly seized three more commercial vessels on 19 November 2008. A Thai fishing boat was the first reported hijacking, with at least 16 crewmembers being held hostage on the ship. Another vessel … Continue reading

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Va. Scientist Pleads Guilty to Selling Rocket Technology to China

NORFOLK, Va.–A Virginia scientist pleaded guilty Monday to selling rocket technology to China and bribing Chinese officials to secure a lucrative contract for his high-tech company. Quan-Sheng Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the federal Arms Control … Continue reading

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Requirements for Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the U.S. Fact Sheet

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has enacted new rules changing the procedure for private aircraft to provide advance notice of their intended arrival or departure, and submit manifests of the persons on board. Private aircraft are defined as any … Continue reading

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Iraq (Country threat level – 5):

The Iraqi Cabinet voted on 16 November 2008 on a pending agreement to lay the legal framework for the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq past 2008. The Cabinet approved the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which establishes 31 December … Continue reading

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United States (Country threat level – 3)

Wildfires have caused significant disruptions throughout southern California since 13 November 2008. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared states of emergency in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Riverside and Orange Counties. Firefighters have not been able to fully contain fires in … Continue reading

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DHS Announces Security Standards for Freight and Passenger Rail Systems

Release Date: November 13, 2008 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 Fact Sheet: DHS Announces Security Standards for Freight and Passenger Rail Systems Rail Transportation Security Final Rule (PDF, 204 pages – 801 KB) The U.S. … Continue reading

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Pakistan (Country threat level – 5):

On 13 November 2008 a group of gunmen abducted an Iranian diplomat in the city of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan. Authorities stated that the suspected militants stopped the diplomat’s vehicle in the Hayatabad neighborhood and killed his bodyguard before quickly … Continue reading

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The State of the Campaign

To: Interested Parties If your television is tuned to cable news as frequently as ours are here at campaign headquarters, you have seen the pundits say John McCain and his campaign are done. And, if you’ve followed this race since … Continue reading

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